As the Presidential debates come to a close and America is preparing for the big vote, what better way to get in the mood of politics than to watch Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis’s new political comedy “The Campaign“?
In North Carolina, Cam Brady (Ferrell) is running for his fifth consecutive term in congress. Things are looking up for him until latecomer Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) enters the campaign. Marty is a soft-tempered man while Cam is the opposite, being a vile and crude man. Marty’s soft-tempered manner get more stressful when competition takes it’s course.
Will Ferrell is very known for his comedies in screwball sports films, and while this film technically has nothing to do with sports, the level of competition in this film reflects that of several of sports films Ferrell has done in the past few years, especially one of his best, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby“. The competition between Cam and Marty may remind you of Ricky and Jean Girard in “Talladega Nights“.
Politicians are often seen as scumbags and liars, but both candidates in this film are extremely stupid. It should be noted, however, that this is a screwball comedy, which seems to borrow humor from “Talladega Nights“. It is not supposed to be realistic in the slightest. There is a lot of random and over the top jokes, some are solid jokes that takes Ferrell out of the gloom and doom he has found himself stuck in with far too many of his recent films, but still falls short of perfection. The one fallback that this film had to “Talladega Nights” was the lack of seriousness. “Talladega Nights” was ridiculous, but was serious when it needed to be to level out the overcrowding humor.
Regardless of the fact that Will Ferrell has proven, however rarely, that he is not a typecast, he once again decides on lowering himself to the same role he has played multiple times before. While this was not exactly like his overplayed George Bush impression, the viewer will have trouble not thinking of that role while watching this film. Instead, think of a cross between Ricky Bobby and his George Bush impression. That being said, he did a pretty good job in comparison to a lot of his other films. Zach also did a pretty good job at portraying Marty, and both he and Farrell had pretty good chemistry.
Overall, you may find that this film isn’t quite as bad as you might have expected it to be. In fact, it is entertaining, but only on a mediocre level. It won’t be long before you forget a good portion of what happens in the film, because one major thing unaccounted for in the film is substance; a reason for a viewer to come back. It is good for a rental. “The Campaign” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Oct. 30!